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Lucy Kirkwood

LUCY KIRKWOOD  (c 1984 - )

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    Casarotto Ramsay and Associates Ltd  represented by mel Kenyon


Lucy Kirkwood is an east London born playwright. She won the PMA award in 2006. She is a writer on the Channel 4 programme Skins and is currently resident writer at Clean Break theatre company. Her first full professional production, Tinderbox,was directed by Josie Rourke and performed at the Bush Theatre, London, in 2008. Her adaption of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler,entitled Hedda, was directed by Carrie Cracknell and performed at the Gate Theatre later that year. She is currently working on a Sloan commission for the Manhattan Theatre Club and a full-length one-woman show for Clean Break, as well as various television and film projects.

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50 Ways To Leave Your Lover         Beauty And The Beast         Bloody Wimmin         Chimerica         Freelancers, The         Grady Hot Potato         Guns Or Butter         Hansel and Gretel         Hedda         Housekeeping         It Felt Empty When The Heart Went At First But It Is Alright Now         Joker Jim And The Little Missus         Little Girl Who Asked Too Many Questions, The         Long As He Needs Me         NSFW         Peckham: Soap Opera         Psychogeography         Rabbits         Small Hours         Tinderbox         Umbilical Project, The - Cut Geronimo         Umbilical Project, The - Uncut Geronimo         You Big Beautiful Thing



50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

Synopsis:
an evening of heart break and misery

Notes:
By Lucy Chillery, Ben ellis, Stacey Green, Lucy Kirkwood, Ben Schiffer

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Company:
commissioned by Latitude Festival, Suffolk

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Genre:
60 min Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Beauty And The Beast

Beauty And The Beast
Wild and lively, the production explodes with music and magic, story-book sets, shadow puppetry and a 150-piece orchestra in an 18-inch box!

Notes:
devised by Katie Mitchell And Lucy Kirkwood, book by Lucy kirkwood

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Genre:
Family Show

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Bloody Wimmin

Bloody Wimmin
The protests at Greenham Common were a political landmark of the eighties. But how much did Greenham impact the fight for nuclear disarmament, the progress of the women's movement and the culture of protest itself? What is the legacy of Greenham Common?. . .It's very easy to laugh at passion'.

Notes:
part of Women, Power & Politics: "Then"

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Genre:
Short play

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Chimerica

Chimerica
A powerful, provocative play about international relations and the shifting balance of power between east and West. Tiananmen Square, 1989. As tanks roll through Beijing and soldiers hammer on his hotel door, Joe - a young American photojournalist - captures a piece of history. In New York, 2012 Joe is covering a presidential election, marred by debate over cheap labour and the outsourcing of American jobs to Chinese factories. When a cryptic message is left in a Beijing newspaper, Joe is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film. Who was he? What happened to him? And could he still be alive? A gripping political examination and an engaging personal drama, Chimerica examines the changing fortunes of two countries whose futures will shape the whole world.

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  5            Other:  with doubling and extras

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Freelancers, The

Freelancers, The
Josie arrives home to find that her entire flat has been cleaned out by her ex-fiance. Luckily, a voice from above sends her help in the form of two free-lancers, though Josie has no idea what services exactly they are meant to provide. Still, Terence and Margery are there to facilitate, to enable, to plant the seeds and watch them bloom. a play about the wonderful surprises that life brings when you let go.

Notes:
In 1995, A group of writers, directors And Actors gathered on Manhattan's Lower east Side for what was supposed to be A one-time-only event: write, direct, produce And perform new plays with the span of 24 hours. More than A decade And just over 300 plays later, The 24 Hour Plays have been produced on Broadway, in London, Los Angeles, Chicago And Across the globe.

1st Produced:
24 Hour Company (London, UK, United States)    2008

Company:
-

1st Published:
in 24 by 24: The 24 Hour Plays anthology, Playscripts Inc   978-0-9709046-9-0

Music:
-

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Genre:
10-12 min Comedy/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  2 males, 2 females

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Grady Hot Potato

Synopsis:
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Notes:
selected for the National Student Drama Festival.

1st Produced:
Bedlam Theatre    2005

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play

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Guns Or Butter

Synopsis:
brings us up to date with a glimpse of stir-crazy soldiers in Iraq.
- Lucy Powell, Time Out London

Notes:
-

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Company:
Terror 2007 presented by Sticking Place

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Hansel and Gretel

Synopsis:
Two children lost in the woods. . .a trail of breadcrumbs. . .and a bewitching house made of sweets. Following The Cat in the Hat and Beauty and the Beast, Katie Mitchell returns to the National Theatre to stage the classic fairytale. She will collaborate once again with Lucy Kirkwood and designer Vicki Mortimer, applying their extraordinary imagination and creativity to conjure the world of Hansel and Gretel in an intimate and magical new production.

Notes:
written by Lucy Kirkwood, devised by Lucy Kirkwood and Katie Mitchell based on the story by the Brothers Grimm

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Hedda

Hedda
In Lucy Kirkwood's version of Hedda Gabler, Ibsen's nineteenth-century heroine is relocated to present-day London, to startling effect. Hedda, still mourning for the father she adored, returns from honeymoon with a husband she doesn't love, to a flat and a pregnancy she doesn't want. Trapped by her past and terrified of her future, bored by her life but too cowardly to walk away from it, she finds herself caught between three men. and in the end, something has to give. . .

Notes:
Original Playwright - Henrik Ibsen

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Company:
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1st Published:
Nick Hern Books, London >>>, 2008   978-1848420205

Music:
-

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Housekeeping

Housekeeping
Lucy Kirkwood's moving, funny Housekeeping sees a debt-ridden family forced to sell their grandmother, a woman who has seen both the Jarrow March and the Putney Debates
- Lyn Garnder, Guardian

Notes:
Part of Theatre Uncut. Across the country thousands of people Are involved in protests And debates, sparked into Action by the largest cuts to public spending since World War Two. Theatre Uncut is A national theatre event in response to these cuts, bringing together some of the UK's leading Dramatists.

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Company:
Reclaim Productions, in association with Meeting Point Productions

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Music:
-

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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Theatre Record Volume XXXI (2011) Issue 06 Page 292

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It Felt Empty When The Heart Went At First But It Is Alright Now

It Felt Empty When The Heart Went At First But It Is Alright Now
a luminous journey exploring the life of Dijana Polancec: professional romantic, eternal optimist and accidental prostitute. 'I know exactly how much I am worth. I am worth one thousand euros because that is how much Babac paid for me. To put this in easy language, that is like two-and-a-half iPhones.'

Notes:
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Company:
Clean Break

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Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Joker Jim And The Little Missus

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
-

1st Produced:

Company:
anglo American Rep

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-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Little Girl Who Asked Too Many Questions, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
part of PS A short post-show event featuring four pieces commissioned / selected by Clean Break

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Company:
Clean Break

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Genre:
short piece One act

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Long As He Needs Me

Synopsis:
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Notes:
The UKs only Annual season of horror theatre returns for its 8th year. A controversial event that has consistently sold out And divided critics, prepare to be both terrified And thrilled by An evening of twisted tales, cabaret And Halloween oddities.

1st Produced:

Company:
Terror - Love Me to Death

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
short horror

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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NSFW

NSFW
Lucy Kirkwood's sharp comedy looks at power games and privacy in the media and beyond. Carrie's getting them out for the lads, Charlotte's just grateful to have a job, Sam's being asked to sell more than his body, and Aidan's trying to keep ?his magazine from going under. Set in the cut-throat media world, Lucy Kirkwood's timely new comedy exposes power games and privacy in the age of Photoshop. [NSFW = Not Safe For Work, online material which the viewer may not want to be seen accessing in a public or formal setting such as at work.]

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Genre:
comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Peckham: Soap Opera

Synopsis:
The lives and loves of Peckham locals will be played out in an omnibus of ten 5 minute episodes. Each episode will be performed by actors from the local community. Somewhere between Peckham High Street and Rye Lane: after an immigration raid at Lashanna's underground hair salon, Ravi encourages her to relocate to the basement beneath Amir's corner shop (unbeknownst to Amir of course). Above ground Ed scouts for a job, though Amir puts him off the scent. Across the way Glenda, Job Centre co-worker Elaine and Joey make a discovery which may force them into a morning commute to Lewisham. While over at the station, Linda loses her cat, but falls for a dapper stranger whose pin-striped garms are new to the Rye.

Notes:
Part of Royal Court's Open Court season. Author Bola Agbaje (lead writer). Author Rachel De-lahay (lead writer) with Brad Birch, Alice Birch, Adam Brace, Robin French, Lucy Kirkwood, Chloe Moss, David Watson and Roy Williams

1st Produced:
Royal Court, London    02 Sep 2013

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-

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Music:
-

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Genre:
5 min play

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Psychogeography

Synopsis:
tracking the power shifts between a young couple - a hard nosed career woman and her unemployed partner - as the look over a derelict property that she wants to buy.
- Sam Marlowe, The Times

Notes:
Part of the Broken Space Season - plays that Are performed either with domestic lighting or in semi-darkness

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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Rabbits

Synopsis:
Lost Dog formed in 2004, their first work Pave up Paradise Burgos won first prize at the International Choreographic competition and second prize at the prestigious Hanover choreographic festival. Since then they have created and toured four full length dance theatre works in the UK and europe to critical acclaim. A delicate woman, deeply in love, marries a man named ernest. every night the newlyweds slip away from their real lives and disappear over the moors into a world of their own creation. There, they are King of the Rabbits and Queen Of the Hares. But as she craves to stay longer and longer in this fantasy world, she soon fears that her husband considers it only a game - one that has already begun to lose its novelty - and the couple hurtle towards quiet, devastating tragedy.

Notes:
-

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Company:
Lost Dog

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-

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Genre:
dance theatre

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Small Hours

Synopsis:
4am. It feels like everyone else in the city is asleep. Usually this woman would be asleep too. . . Tonight she is watching the QVC shopping channel in her nightdress. Come and join her, take a seat in her room. . .

Notes:
written by Lucy Kirkwood And ed Hime

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Tinderbox

Tinderbox
Fast, wild and farcically funny, Lucy Kirkwood's first full-length play is a disturbing vision of a dystopian future. Sometime in the 21st Century, england is dissolving into the sea. amidst the chaos, one man clings to his traditional British values and his love of meat. For Londoner Saul everard, his butchers shop is an empire that he will do anything to preserve, including moving it to Bradford. an outlaw Scottish artist swims Hadrian's Channel from Scotland to england and seeks refuge in Saul's shop. There's rioting on the streets and the police are onto him but Saul's meaty little realm may be the last place to seek sanctuary. . .

Notes:
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Company:
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1st Published:
Nick Hern Books, London >>>, 2008   978-1854595447

Music:
-

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Genre:
dark comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Umbilical Project, The - Cut Geronimo

Synopsis:
Theo's world is slowly disintegrating and all Ben has to offer are mix tapes and a single, meaningless word. an exploration of love and loss when you can't get your stories straight.

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Company:
Kandinsky

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-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Umbilical Project, The - Uncut Geronimo

Synopsis:
Two casts, two crews and two directors will stage two independent productions of one new play during August 2006 at two different venues.

Notes:
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Company:
Kandinsky

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Play/Drama

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You Big Beautiful Thing

Synopsis:
whilst seemingly starting on the familiar ground of a couple breaking up, jumped out of the box to end with an excellent monologue (very well played by Lizzy Watts) describing the young woman's love for London landmark The Gherkin
- Sacha Voit, British Theatre Guide

Notes:
Part of: ten writers presented their short scenes of 'Dirty Protest'. Given the theme 'out with the old' And four weeks, each writer had to create A piece using up to three Actors, no longer than ten minutes And no shorter than three minutes. Showcasing An evening of intrigue, playfulness And threat

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Company:
Dirty protest theatre

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Music:
-

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Genre:
short piece

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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